Editorial Advisory Board

Editorial Advisory Board: Time to strengthen domestic violence laws

The 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly is being highlighted by another strong push from lawmakers to strengthen domestic violence laws. Gov. Martin O’Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, and Sen. Brian Frosh, among others, are backing legislation that will make a domestic protection order more effective than it now is.

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Editorial Advisory Board: Funding for a new Professionalism Center – Hit the ‘pause’ button

Over the years, this board has commended the efforts of leaders of the Maryland Judiciary and the State Bar to identify and promote the principles of professionalism among Maryland judges and attorneys. Much has been accomplished in the 11 years since the Court of Appeals established its Professionalism Task Force.

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Editorial Advisory Board: Five well-qualified candidates for high court

Five attorneys have signified their interest in the Baltimore city seat on the Maryland Court of Appeals occupied for so many years by retiring Chief Judge Robert M. Bell: the Honorable Stuart R. Berger, the Honorable Albert J. Matricciani Jr., private practitioner M. Natalie McSherry, the Honorable W. Michel Pierson and the Honorable Shirley M. Watts. The good news for the Maryland Bar as well as the citizens of Maryland is that all five of these candidates are excellent attorneys and are well-qualified to sit on the Court of Appeals.

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Editorial Advisory Board: The embarrassing Bar Foundation theft

At this point we don’t know how much money was pilfered from the Maryland Bar Foundation, allegedly by a state bar association employee. What we do know — or at least, what is stated in a police report — is that between May 2011 and July 2012 the former employee withdrew $65,984 from the foundation’s bank account, an amount well above what the organization earned during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

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